New Attack on South African Online Gambling by CASA

casa-online-gamblingThe Casino Association of South Africa, the official body that represents land casinos in the country, has issued an unprecedented attack on online gambling sites, the second time that the group has had scathing words against igaming. This week, the trade body accused the online gambling industry of causing revenue at land based casinos to fall, even going so far as to say that the country lost R110 million in tax revenue as a result.

These accusations were made by the chief executive of CASA, Themba Ngobese during an interview given to the South African Press Association news agency.
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Tsogo Sun Will Fight Competition Commission Acquisition Decision

tsogo-sun-casinosRecently the Competition Commission, South Africa’s competition watchdog group, announced that the gaming and hotel giant, Tsogo Sun, would not be allowed to acquire stakes in units that are owned by Sun International as part of an acquisition deal announced in May 2014. The Commission ruled that such an acquisition could lessen, or even prevent, competition in South Africa’s gaming and hotel market, due to the potential coordination of the merging companies.

However, Tsogo Sun Holdings has declared its intention to challenge the Competition Commission’s decision, and will take the case to the Competition Tribunal.

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SA Government Ignores Gambling Review Commission Recommendations

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In the ongoing attempts to see legalized online gambling activity in South Africa, the Department of Trade and Industry has shocked the gaming industry by issuing a statement, saying that it objected to the legalization and regulation of the industry in the near future. This is a blatant shoulder-shrugging of recommendations made by the government’s own gambling review commission which recommended the legalization of Online Gambling.

Following reports last week that the government may soon adopt these recommendations, the Department of Trade and Industry said in a statement: “In our view, no amount of control will adequately curb the harm that may be caused in South African citizens by online gambling, hence we reiterate that it must remain a banned activity.”
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CASA Vows to Fight Online Gambling Plans

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The Casino Association of South Africa (CASA) has appointed a content development agency to launch a searing campaign about illegal online gambling in the country, as New Talks Emerge of the potential of egaming regulation in South Africa.

CASA picked the Sandton based agency Kaelo Engage to implement an intense six month awareness campaign which will run across all media platforms, including online, print, broadcast and social media.
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